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My greenlee cm-600 clamp-on meter just stopped reading ac and dc voltage correctly. On a 120 volt circuit it only reads 19-20 volts and will not read dc voltage at all.

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More than likely your voltage regulator is out. The generator produces electricity, so you know the rotor and stator are OK. The 50 volts comes from the magnets permanent properties. The reason you are not getting 120 is because rotor or electron magnet is not getting any power supplied to it, which it needs to produce the amount of electrons you need to have 120vac. Make sure your engine is running at 60 hz first, and you should ohm out the windings and circuits that connect to your regulator.

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To test the car for electrical drains requires a digital volt ohm meter (DVOM) Best is to drive the car awhile so battery is close to full charge. Set parking brake and raise hood place the meter on battery red lead to + and black to - set dial to read DC voltage 20 volt scale This should read about 13.0 volts now start car and check again reading should be 13.2 volts or higher but not greater than 15.0 volt leave leads on battery and turn dial on voltmeter to the 1 volt AC scale this reading should be less than 120MV or .120 volts if good the charging system is in working order any thing out range you have a bad alternator. Now with car running make sure your accessories are off shut off car and exit note to watch for sentinel dome lights let then fade out. Now place DVOM on a ampere scale 10 amp preferred here is the tricky part place one lead in the center of the battery post and the other on the cable end slowly remove with out breaking connection this will read the total amperage draw against battery This draw after 10 minutes should be less than .300MA Milli-amps if it is not use a small hose clamp to keep lead on post and clip other to cable end touch battery until sentinel goes out and retest now start removing main fuses in fuse panel until draw is gone. Now you have identified the circuit that is causing your problem.

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Hi Anonymous, you will need a multimeter, first set it ohms on its lowest setting and touch the two meter leads together to calibrate the setting, then unplug the wiring harnes that goes to the stator. Touch one lead of the meter to one of the stator pins and the other lead to ground on the bike, meter should read infinity. Repeat the process with the other stator pin, reading should be infinity. Attach both leads to the stator pins and you should get a reading of 0.1 to 0.3 ohms. Next set the multimeter to the 100 volts AC range and hook the leads up to the stator connector pins. Fire up the bike and read the meter for every 1,000 RPM it should read 16 to 20 volts AC. If every thing checks out stator is fine. Set the meter to the 20 or more DC volts range and hook it up to the battery, voltage at 3,600 RPM should be 14.3 to 14.7 volts DC if not your voltage regulator is bad. And finally when ever you do any type of electrical diagnostics make sure you have a fully charged battery and all wiring and connections in the circuit you are testing are clean and tight. Good luck

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Hi Anonymous, main circuit breakers are underneath the instrument panel or seat. But more than likely it's your alternator or voltage regulator. Ther are a few things you can do to isolate the problem. Start with a charged battery 12.5 volts or better and cables are clean and tight as with all your electrical connections. Disconnect your alternator plug and with a muliti meter set it to the lowest ohms scale, one lead to ground the other to any alternator wire the meter should read zero, do the same with the other wire. Next touch both wires with meter leads you should get 0.1 to 0.2 ohms. Also put one lead to ground and one lead to voltage regulator mounting bolt or stud the meter should read zero. Then switch your meter to the AC volts scale fire up the bike and the meter should read 16 to 20 volts AC for every 1,000 RPM the tach reads, if you have no tach it should read 16 to 20 at an idle. If all the numbers check out ok then you have a good stator and probablly rotor. Remove your voltage regulator and check for swelling, cracks or burnt smell/look. If your going to throw parts at it start with the voltage regulator. A normal charging system will read 14.3 to 14.7 volts DC at the battery with the engine at 3,000 RPM. Good luck

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Here is the Instruction Manual in PDF file form,

Shows which is the Fixed probe and which is the movable probe, which indicator LED's are for AC or DC, and Positive and Negative, and so on.

Voltage measurement (DC from 12 volt to 600. AC from 120 volts)
Continuity check (OHM's)
Resistance measurement (OHM's)
Identifying energized conductor
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Voltage testers and volt meters are two different things. A meter will provide a an indication of the exact voltage and type AC or DC. A tester on the other hand simply provides an indication of presence of power with little to no indication of how much or type.

AC power is what is provided by most power companies in the world. DC is a type of power provided by batteries and DC power supplies. If your tester or meter has provisions to check for AC and DC, you should check for BOTH. If AC power is present and you are have set your meter to test for DC power, your meter will indicate 0 volts. You can see this can be a dangerous condition. Most simple testers will not care if AC or DC power is being tested and the types that use neon lamps will usually glow differently for AC and DC power.

When setting up for testing voltage, you must test across the power source (or in "parallel") or load (such as a light bulb), as opposed to "in series" with the power source. Across would be from the + to - post of a battery, into the slots of an outlet, etc. "In series" is when the tester would be completing a circuit - such as testing across an open switch.

First, check the meter's operation by testing a known good power source by following the next steps. Set the meter for the type power to be tested. Choose AC if unsure. Next, set the meter for the highest voltage range supported. Make sure this range is higher than the expected voltage, otherwise damage to the meter may result. Connect the probes to the power source. Read the meter. If the meter moved only slightly, adjust the range of the meter to the next lower value. You can keep adjusting downward as needed to get the most precise reading possible - but do not set the range to a value less than the voltage present. A 0-300 volt scale is the lowest to measure a 240 volt outlet - switching to a 0 - 150 volt scale will damage the meter. The 0 - 150 volt scale would be fine for measuring 120 volt outlets.

If the meter did not move, change the type from AC to DC. and repeat. If it still does not work, the meter is not working correctly (if testing a know good source) or there is no power present (if the meter worked on a known good power source).

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The rms voltage is what counts, because it tells how much power the output will deliver to a resistive load. Inexpensive multimeters on their AC ranges are usually average-responding rms-calibrated meters. This means they measure the average of the absolute value of the AC component of the signal, and display that average multiplied by about 1.11 (actually, pi over sqrt(8)), the ratio of rms to average value for a pure sine wave. That way, the meter will give the right rms reading for a sine wave.

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The rms and average values of an MSW depend on its duty cycle D, the fraction of a cycle for which the signal is not at zero. In a well-designed inverter, the duty cycle will be adjusted when the DC input voltage goes up and down to maintain the nominal rms output voltage. If we use peak voltage Vp to mean the magnitude of the positive and negative voltages the signal goes to, then Vavg for an MSW is equal to Vp times D, and Vrms is equal to Vp times the square root of D.

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